How it happened: Tiger wins AT&T
BETHESDA, Md. -- Tiger Woods was back to his methodical, come-and-beat-me ways on Sunday, posting two birdies on his front nine and then outlasting Bo Van Pelt on the final nine, firing a 2-under 69 to win his second AT&T National title by two strokes on Sunday at Congressional CC.
It is Woods' third victory of the 2012 PGA Tour season, winning the Bay Hill Invitational and Memorial earlier this year. He also vaults to the top of the FedEx Cup rankings for the first time since winning the annual race in 2009.
Woods won this tournament by not making mistakes, running off 41 consecutive holes without a bogey (that ended on the par-5 16th on Sunday).
Woods moves past Jack Nicklaus on the all-time wins list with his 74th win.
See how it all unfolded on Sunday with our Tiger Tracker:
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No. 18, Par 4, 523 yards
Tiger takes a one-shot lead into the very difficult par 4, with the tee shot critical for both Woods and Van Pelt. Tiger has parred this hole each day.
• Off the tee: Tiger pulls driver, which he has not had a lot of success with today. But he chooses a perfect time to hit his best of the day, lacing it up the right side and is sitting pretty for his approach shot. Van Pelt also hits the fairway with his tee ball, but now has to be thinking he'll need to birdie.
• Approach shot: Tiger outdrove Van Plet by a good margin, so Van Pelt hits his approach first, taking aim from 220 yards and hits the green, but is well shot and lands in the first cut of greenside rough. Tiger has 188 yards left and takes 9-iron, and starts walking after his ball as soon as he makes impact, playing a beautiful shot to about 12 feet left of the pin.
• On the green: Van Pelt nearly holes out his chip shot from the fringe, but it runs about eight feet past. Leaving Tiger with two putts to win after that miss, Tiger gives his birdie try a nice run, but it settles three inches to the left and he taps that in to win his third PGA Tour title of the year.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 18 holes; 8 under for tournament)
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No. 17, Par 4, 437 yards
Van Pelt and Tiger remained tied for the lead despite bogeys at the 16th. Tiger has three pars at the 17th this week.
• Off the tee: Van Pelt finds the left rough at the shorter par 4, while Tiger takes 5-wood up the right side of the fairway and finds the intermediate cut of rough, but should have a nice angle to the flag.
• Approach shot: From 172 yards, Tiger takes 8-iron and hits the very front of the green and gets no roll, leaving himself with about a 45-foot putt to the hole. Van Pelt gets out of the rough, but flies the green and goes into the long rough, leaving a tough up-and-down.
• Around the green: Van Pelt has to play a flop and it lands hard and runs off the green and into the intermediate cut about 15 feet in front of the hole. Tiger hits a chip from his spot at the front of the green and it runs to about 6 feet under the hole.
• On the green: Van Pelt plays his second chip to about two feet to the left of the pin and makes that for bogey. Tiger drains his par putt to take a one-shot lead to the final hole.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 17 holes; 8 under for tournament)
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No. 16, Par 5, 579 yards
With Van Pelt and Tiger trading birdies on No. 15, they both step up to the easiest hole on the course, but accuracy off the tee will be crucial.
• Off the tee: Van Pelt hammers a driver up the left side of the fairway, while Tiger tries to cut his drive over a fairway bunker, but finds the left rough instead.
• Second shot: From 260 yards, Tiger has a tough lie and takes pitching wedge up the right-hand side and leaves himself a nice angle into the pin for his third shot. Van Pelt takes 6-iron and comes short and in a greenside rough.
• Approach shot: Tiger makes his first big mistake, taking his wedge shot too deep and off the back of the green and down the slope. It will be a tough up-and-down. Van Pelt helps Tiger by playing a very sloppy chip shot that doesn't clear the bunker and stays in the long rough.
• Fourth shot: Van Pelt compounds his previous error with a chip shot that runs about 10 feet past the flag. Tiger hits the pin with his fourth shot, but runs about 14 feet past.
• On the green: Tiger makes his first bogey in 42 holes, missing the par attempt high and tapping in a 2-incher. Van Pelt also burns the edge, missing to the left and also drops a shot to remain tied.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 16 holes; 8 under for tournament)
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No. 15, Par 4, 490 yards
Tiger and Van Pelt have both seemed to settle in and realize that the first mistake will likely cost the other the championship, so they are playing par golf.
• Off the tee: Tiger takes 5-wood and blisters it right up the middle, twirling his club as he goes down to pick up his tee. Van Pelt also finds the fairway with 3-wood.
• Approach shot: From 152 yards, Tiger takes 9-iron into a swirling wind and lands it in the middle of the green and it rolls out to the right, leaving himself about 20 feet for birdie. Meanwhile, Van Pelt plays a fantastic shot to about eight feet.
• On the green: With a little right-to-left action, Tiger buries the putt, with the ball barely making it to the cup and sending the huge crowd into a frenzy. Van Pelt matches Tiger's birdie with one of his own to keep the tie atop the leaderboard.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (thru 15 holes; 9 under for tournament)
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No. 14, Par 4, 467 yards
This is definitely turning into a two-man race, with Tiger and Van Pelt knotted up at 8 under and no one else making a move behind them.
• Off the tee: Van Pelt finds the right rough with a 3-wood, while Tiger smacks a 5-wood off the tee right up the middle of the fairway, leaving less than 200 into the green.
• Approach shot: After a short wait in the fairway, Tiger takes 8-iron from 181 yards and lands it right in the middle of the green and leaves himself about 20 feet for birdie. Van Pelt also finds the green, but will give Tiger a read on his putt since he is about 10 feet behind him.
• On the green: Van Pelt nearly drains his, but it runs by on the left and he settles for a par. Tiger leaves his birdie attempt well short and gives himself two feet for par, which he makes.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 14 holes; 8 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott is in the clubhouse at 5 under, posting the best score thus far. Considering he was 5 over more than halfway through his first round, Scott finished the tournament very strong.
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No. 13, Par 3, 193 yards
Tiger and Van Pelt remain tied at 8 under, with the latter missing a 14-foot birdie try on the 12th to try and take the outright lead. They own a three-shot lead over the rest of the field.
• Off the tee: Playing the final par 3 of the day, Tiger takes 8-iron and attacks the flag that is tucked on the left side, leaving himself about 14 feet for birdie. Meanwhile, Van Pelt will have about 30 feet.
• On the green: After Van Pelt picks up a two-putt par, Tiger doesn't play enough right break in his putt and also picks up a par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 13 holes; 8 under for tournament)
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No. 12, Par 4, 471 yards
Now tied for the lead with Bo Van Pelt at 8 under (two shots clear of Jason Day), Tiger heads to the 12th hole, which he has parred each day.
• Off the tee: With 3-wood in hand, Tiger doesn't like his tee ball immediately, and it hooks left and lands under a tree. He has a slight opening into the green, but it will be testy.
• Approach shot: With a tree to contend with on his back swing, Tiger has to be careful with his second shot. And this one is a simple "Wow!" moment, as Tiger manages to get the ball to the green, tracking right at the hole and settling about 25 feet behind the hole.
• On the green: Tiger almost steals one at the 12th, with the putt creeping toward the hole, but it cuts under the hole and settles three inches to the right. He taps that in for a par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 12 holes; 8 under for tournament)
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No. 11, Par 4, 489 yards
Still holding on to a 1-shot lead, Tiger heads to the tough 11th hole, where he has had two pars and a bogey over the first three days.
• Off the tee: Playing his 3-wood stinger, Tiger splits the fairway and should be able to attack yet another green.
• Approach shot: From 196 yards, Tiger takes 8-iron and hits his 10th green in regulation, leaving himself about 25 feet for birdie to the right of the flag.
• On the green: With a slick from right-to-left birdie attempt, Tiger plays it beautifully, coming to rest about five inches behind the cup and he taps in for another par. Meanwhile, Bo Van Pelt birdies the 11th to tie Tiger at 8 under.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 11 holes; 8 under for tournament)
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No. 10, Par 3, 218 yards
Tiger now holds a one-shot lead over Bo Van Pelt, and is two clear of Jason Day.
• Off the tee: Facing a dangerous tee shot with water in front and a bunker to the right, Tiger takes his 7-iron high into the air, landing it softly and it runs out to about 15 feet behind the hole for birdie.
• On the green: Again, Tiger finds the right line, but doesn't give this one enough pace and it comes up about nine inches short. He knocks that in for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 10 holes; 8 under for tournament)
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No. 9, Par 5, 636 yards
With Brendon de Jonge and Adam Scott picking up bogeys, Billy Hurley III is now the only player within a shot of Van Pelt and Tiger.
• Off the tee: With driver in hand, Tiger tries to play his fade, but it stays straight and finds the left rough and he'll have no shot at attacking the green in two.
• Second shot: Tiger has to lay up and simply gauges it out and it runs up the right side of the fairway and finds the intermediate cut of rough.
• Third shot: From 150 yards out and with sand wedge in hand, Tiger takes it up high and lands it just short of pin-high and it rolls out to about 10 feet left of the cup.
• On the green: Moments after Bo Van Pelt missed his birdie attempt, Tiger drains his to take the outright lead and make the turn with a 2-under 34.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 9 holes; 8 under for tournament)
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No. 8, Par 4, 354 yards
Tiger and Bo Van Pelt continue to stay one shot ahead of Brendon de Jonge and Adam Scott, with the latter just having finished the 13th hole with a nice up-and-down from a greenside bunker.
• Off the tee: Tiger takes 3-iron off the tee and guides right into the middle of the fairway and should be able to be aggressive on his approach.
• Approach shot: From 145 yards, Tiger uses pitching wedge and actually knocks it past the flag and spins back a bit to about 20 feet for birdie.
• On the green: Tiger finds the line again, but hits it slightly too hard and it stays left of the cup and he knocks in a 18-incher for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 8 holes; 7 under for tournament)
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No. 7, Par 3, 173 yards
Now sharing the lead with Bo Van Pelt at 7 under, Tiger Woods gets to the 7th hole, where he has three pars this week.
• Off the tee: The hole is playing a bit shorter today - about 146 yards - and Tiger uses 9-iron to take it past the flag and spins it back to about 20 feet above the hole.
• On the green: Tiger is really looking at a two-putt here with the dramatic right-to-left swing and does a great job of getting it to about a foot and he taps in for another par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 7 holes; 7 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Hunter Mahan is losing traction quickly, picking up bogey at the 7th hole to fall back to 4 under (he is 1 over on his round). Nick Watney also dropped a shot at the par-5 9th to fall back to 4 under overall.
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No. 6, Par 5, 555 yards
Tiger heads to the first par 5 of the day with a one-shot lead. Tiger has a birdie and two pars on the 6th hole this week.
• Off the tee: Tiger takes it up the right side and it kicks into the middle of the fairway and should have a chance to get after the green with his second shot.
• Second shot: The pin is tucked in the back right, protected by water. He takes his shot up the left side and goes a bit long and will have a delicate chip back down the green to the hole.
• Third shot: With water still a concern, short is obviously better than long here. His chip comes up well short though, leaving himself about 12 feet for birdie.
• On the green: Tiger leaves the birdie attempt on the left edge and settles for a somewhat disappointing par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 6 holes; 7 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney and Jason Day have both moved to 5 under, as they are both 3 under on their respective rounds. Meanwhile, Hunter Mahan has dropped back to 5 under after a bogey at No. 6.
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No. 5, Par 4, 413 yards
There is now a five-way tie for the lead after Bo Van Pelt picked up bogey on No. 4.
• Off the tee: Tiger takes fairway metal up the left side of the fairway to put him in perfect position to attack the flag.
• Approach shot: From 139 yards with wind in his face, Tiger takes wedge and lands it just past the front of the green and it bounces to pin-high and about 12 feet to the left.
• On the green: Tiger drains his birdie attempt and takes the outright lead at 7 under. Every member of the final group has held the lead by themselves at some point in the final round.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 5 holes; 7 under for tournament)
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No. 4, Par 4, 470 yards
The course is firming up and birdies might be hard to come by as the day goes on. Tiger has a bogey and two pars on No. 4 for the week. It is the second-toughest hole on the course Sunday.
• Off the tee: Tiger takes driver off the tee and splits the fairway, barely even watching his tee ball after impact. No one has birdied No. 4 on Sunday.
• Approach shot: After a long delay in the fairway, Tiger pulls 7-iron from 176 yards and lands it well past the pin in the front left and uses the slope at the back to have the ball funnel back to about 30 feet for a birdie attempt.
• On the green: Again, Tiger finds the right line, but leaves it about two inches short and taps in for another par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 4 holes; 6 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Seung-Yul Noh has dropped out of the tie at 6 under, picking up a bogey at the 4th hole in front of the Tiger-de Jonge-Van Pelt group.
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No. 3, Par 4, 466 yards
Tiger had a birdie at No. 3 on Saturday, draining a 34-footer to continue moving back into contention.
• Off the tee: Tiger takes 3-wood for the second-straight day, and is a bit late on his swing and the ball flails out to the right and finds some deep rough.
• Approach shot: Facing a tree in front of him, Tiger takes 6-iron to keep it low and simply muscles it up the left side and it finds the green, about 35 feet left of the flag.
• On the green: Tiger wipes himself down a bit before taking his lengthy birdie putt, and his line is perfect, but comes up about two revolutions short and taps in for another par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 3 holes; 6 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Brendon de Jonge misses a 10-footer for par and drops back to 6 under, while Bo Van Pelt takes advantage of a beautiful wedge shot and makes a 4-footer to take the lead at 7 under. Meanwhile, Adam Scott is making a big move, now at 5 under thru eight holes and 6 under for the tournament. There are five players at 6 under currently, including Hunter Mahan, who birdied his opening hole.
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No. 2, Par 3, 233 yards
The pin is tucked on the left side of the green, making it tough to attack, with only player getting inside 10 feet off the tee thus far on Sunday.
• Off the tee: With 4-iron in hand, Tiger decides to attack the pin and lands right next to it, but it takes a very firm bounce and runs off the back of the green. Only one of the three players in the final group stayed on the green - Van Pelt - while de Jonge is right next to Tiger.
• Around the green: Tiger's chip from the back lands a bit softer than he would have liked, but the sloped green helps it run to about five feet, which he'll have for par.
• On the green: Facing a delicate putt, Tiger drains the left-to-right putt to run his bogey-free streak to 28 holes.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 2 holes; 6 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Brendon de Jonge and Bo Van Pelt both par the second hole to keep the leaderboard in tact.
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No. 1, Par 4, 402 yards
Temperatures are climbing near triple-digits again, with current playing conditions at 95 degrees. There are a couple of players making some early noise, with defending champion Nick Watney moving to 4 under behind two birdies in his opening three holes, while Adam Scott is 2 under on the day to get to 3 under overall.
• Off the tee: Wearing his traditional red and black, Tiger takes to the first tee with plenty of fans surrounding him. Tiger pulls driver and blasts it up the left side of the fairway and finds the rough. Tiger has a par, bogey and birdie on No. 1 for the week.
• Approach shot: Sitting way down in the rough, Tiger has to chop at it from about 95 yards out and puts it on the green, but will have the longest putt of the final threesome.
• On the green: From about 30 feet, Tiger plays it out to the right with perfect speed, but it doesn't turn back enough and he settles for a tap-in par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 1 hole; 6 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt and Brendon de Jonge both miss shorter birdie attempts at No. 1 and the leaderboard remains the same.
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